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Table 1 Distribution of patients according to the circumstances and characteristic of injury

From: Paediatric injuries at Bugando Medical Centre in Northwestern Tanzania: a prospective review of 150 cases

Variables Number of patients Percentage
Time of injury   
 Day 125 83.3
 Night 22 14.7
 Time not specified 3 2.0
Place of injury   
 Home 86 57.3
 Sideway/along road 59 39.3
 Recreation 3 2.0
 School 2 1.3
Nature of injury   
 Intentional 0 0
 Unintentional 150 100
Cause of injury   
 RTA 59 39.3
 Falls 12 8
 Burn 32 21.3
 Foreign body 47 31.3
Mechanism of injury   
 Blunt 71 47.3
 Burn 32 21.3
 Foreign body ingestion 47 31.3
Arrival time   
 ≤24 hrs 124 83
 >24 hrs 26 17
Pre hospital care   
 Done 11 7.3
 Not done 139 92.7
Waiting time   
 ≤6 hrs 125 83.3
 6 – 24 hrs 24 16.0
 >24 hrs 1 0.67
Body region affected   
 Head/neck 49 32.7
 Chest 20 13.3
 Abdomen/pelvic 5 3.3
 Extremities 42 28.0
 Multiple body part 34 22.7